If you haven’t secured the perfect Mother’s Day gift yet and now you’re looking for last-minute Mother’s Day gifts, rest easy. Okay, not that easy, because it’s literally just a few days away. But if you hustle, we can still help you out with these awesome last-minute gifts for Mother’s Day that don’t feel completely improvised.

Even if they are, just a little bit.

Of course, you can order one of these amazing gifts for Mom that we found with fast, free shipping, on Amazon. But there’s more!  All of these gifts are procrastinator-friendly, and hand-picked by real moms, so you know for sure they’ll be gifts she actually wants. Perfectly curated gifts for deserving moms, grandmas, and stepmoms? That’s kind of our thing. 

Above: Printable Mother’s Day Coupon Book from ArtsyPrintableStore on Etsy

Wonderful Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts She’ll Appreciate

Last-minute Mother's Day gifts she'll truly appreciate | Cool Mom Picks Mother's Day Guide

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1. Books. Always books.

Gifts for mom: A guided journal and memory keepsake book

We always think a book — as well as a promise to provide quiet time for mom to read the book — is one of the most perfect last-minute Mother’s Day gifts. Whatever she loves, that’s what matters. Visit your local bookstore, or Amazon offers free overnight shipping on lots of books for Prime Members — as you of course know by now. We love the Guided Memory Journal for Moms, above. For something sentimental from the kids, check out the picture books, Why a Son Needs a Mom and Why a Daughter Needs a Mom.

Also, consider Kindle ebooks for reading on the go; or an Audible subscription, with the first 30 days free.

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2. A Mother’s Day Gift Handmade with Love

Heart-Shaped Photo Collage Art on Minted: Gifts for Mom

Heart Photo Framed Artwork, Minted

All Mother’s Day gifts are special, but we happen to love anything made with love by the kids. In addition to these creative handmade cards kids can make for Mother’s Day, here are plenty of ideas for last-minute Mother’s Day gifts you can make in time:

You can also frame a favorite family photo with an affordable frame (see #12, below!) — and if your kids are young, have them paint the frame to make it more personal. Aw.

3. A Bouquet of Flowers…or Fruit!

Last minute gifts for mom: Sugarwish now offers flowers, plants and succulent gifts and she gets to pick her own favorites!

We’re very excited about the new Mother’s Day Plants and Flowers Sugarwish! Sugarwish has long been one of our favorite last-minute gifts for literally everyone, and now they’ve branched out beyond sugar and treats. She gets a text or email alert telling her she’s been granted a Sugarwish, and to pick her favorite flowers, plants, seedling kits or succulents.  This way she gets the alert on Mother’s Day, plus the joy of her favorite blooms arriving soon after.

Last-minute Mother's Day gift ideas: Fruit Bouquet by One Crafty Thing
DIY fruit bouquet tutorial from One Crafty Thing (web archive link)

Want something more unexpected than flowers? The fruit bouquet above was created using fruit (obvs),  flower cookie cutters, and bamboo skewers, both of which we found with quick overnight shipping. Just add a vase!

That said, we’ll never turn down a traditional bouquet and if you need a great last-minute Mother’s Day gift, call a local florist in the zip code you want the delivery. You can also try CMP faves The Bouqs or Urban Stems, both of which have well-priced bouquets, plants, and flower subscriptions. with pretty fast shipping. (But get on it.)


4. A Subscription Box That Keeps on Giving

Subscription gifts for mom: Vinebox sommelier-curated tasting boxes of wine

We’ve got 17 subscription boxes for moms of all kinds that make perfect last-minute Mother’s Day gifts, whatever her tastes and interests. Even if the actual box won’t arrive by Sunday, an IOU gives her something else to look forward to.
One creative idea we recommend for wine-lovers is the Sommelier-Curated Wine Tasting Subscription from Vinebox. They also sell individual boxes like the Wine Bouquet, above, also IOU-worthy.

5. Subscription to a fitness or wellness app

It can be tough for moms to get to the gym, a yoga class, or even to go for a run when they have young kids. Compare subscriptions to the 8fit app, YogaGlo, and Apple Fitness + to see if one is right for her. Alternately, check out these 7 meditation and wellness apps to help her practice mindfulness, breathing, or just get better sleep.

To make it a litte more gifty, grab her a Hydroflask in her favorite color, or an affordable pair of women’s sports headphones that ship quickly.

6. Breakfast in Bed. Or Not in Bed.

Printable Mother's Day room service door hanger: Last-minute Mother's Day gifts she'll love

Printable room service door hanger for Mother’s Day from Luinary Loft Events on Etsy

Trust us, someone else taking over meal duty never gets old. Print out this cute hotel-style door hanger  (it’s customizable with a free Canva account) then get cooking!

Not sure what to put on a Mother’s Day menu?  We have some ideas:

7. A DIY Spa Treatment

Essential Oil Gift Set: Last Minute Beauty Gifts for Mom on Amazon

Gift cards for massages at a local spa can be nice but pricey, and while mani-pedis may be appreciated, we also love a good DIY option. Grab some affordable essential oils with fast shipping from Amazon, or a few from a local chemist or drug store, and get to work.

Try these for last-minute Mother’s Day gifts to pamper her:

8. Printable Mother’s Day Coupons and Gift Cards

Printable Mother's Day Coupon Book: Gorgeously designed by Artsy Printable Store

Printable Mother’s Day coupons from ArtsyPrintableStore on Etsy

We’re still suckers for Mother’s Day coupons — especially when they’re for things that moms actually want (and the kids promise to actually honor them when they’re redeemed). The coupon book above is as gorgeous as any we’ve seen, and comes with 40 options.

In addition to gift cards for her favorite chain stores like Sephora or Nordstrom, consider a gift card to Etsy to support an indie maker, or one from a local coffee shop, boutique, theater or spa to support small businesses in your community.

Be sure to read this list of creative ways to make 12 of the most popular gift cards more special, because you can do better than a Starbucks gift card tucked into a boring card!

9. A Surprise Family Getaway

Make memories for Mother's Day with a family vacationChristina and her family love family biking trips  | Photo © Christina Refford for Cool Mom Picks

Want to make a big gesture without breaking the bank?  Mom may appreciate nothing more than a family trip anywhere beyond the confines of her own home. Whether you present her with actual plane tickets on the big day or just a handmade coupon toward a weekend trip you plan together, an experience gift always makes our day.

You can get a few ideas for trips from these fun and affordable destinations, or find a National Park within driving distance. Even a hotel staycation could be a joy. Or, just plan a day trip like a safe family day of biking near home, or a picnic somewhere beautiful.

10. A Donation In Her Name to a Cause She Cares About

A gift card to Donors Choose lets your recipient pick the classroom to supportPhoto from Donors Choose: A gift card lets her support a public school classroom project that sparks her interest

The moms, grandmas, and stepmoms in our lives have big hearts — nothing would make them happier than a handmade card sharing a donation made in her name. Whether she cares about maternal health, the environment, the arts, education, civil liberties, or support for marginalized groups, a tribute donation is always thoughtful. Plus some charities, like Donors Choose, will send a gift card so she can target her donation where it’s most meaningful to her.

11. A Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift From a Favorite Local Business

Grab yummy treats for Mother's Day like these jar cakes from Sugarhouse Cake
Via Sugarhouse Cake

The past few years have been especially tough on small, independent businesses of all kinds. For a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, think out of the box with your local businesses!

Consider looking up local bakeries in your area and order a few treats for Mom. We’re partial to the sweet little cake jars from our good friend Erin at Sugarhouse Cake in Oregon. Just know that lots of small bakers will need at least 24-48 hours’ notice, so make sure that your plan for a last-minute Mother’s Day cake isn’t literally last minute.

Also think about local clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, independent bookstores, gourmet stores, chemists, spas, or restaurants for something she’ll love. Even a Saturday farmer’s market can hold a few treasures.

12. A Picture With the Kids. No Complaining. 

Last-minute Mother's Day gift ideas: A new family photo with her in it. And kids looking happy!

One thing we can guarantee you she doesn’t have — enough family photos that she’s actually in! Take a bunch, and be sure everyone smiles, hugs, kisses her cheeks, and generally looks happy to be together. This especially includes any teens and tweens who aren’t so inclined to smile for family photos. C’mon, Mother’s Day is just once a year.

(Photo by Jhon David on Unsplash)

While we know you’ll enjoy the ideas here, be sure to find even more ideas throughout our Mother’s Day Gift Guide archives. We’ve been seeking out and sharing the best Mother’s Day gifts for a long time! Got you covered, promise. Or if you’re looking for something specific, just leave a comment below.